Opioids in labour 'bump up risk of Ogilvie's syndrome'

An Australian single-centre study teases out key risk factors for the rare complication

Women who receive opioids during labour have a fivefold increased risk of being diagnosed with acute colonic pseudo-obstruction following caesarean section, new research shows.

Melbourne surgeons say risk of the rare complication, also known as Ogilvie’s syndrome, is also greater with increased blood loss.

“This information may be used to improve early identification by obstetricians and allow prompt commencement of conservative management which is effective at